Chai Oatmeal 
with Coconut & Cherries

Give your morning porridge a boost with this oatmeal simmered in aromatic chai tea – opt for a black tea if you want a pick-me-up or a decaffeinated variety if you’d rather skip it. Dried cherries add a chewy texture, but you can also add fresh or frozen raspberries or nuts over top for added flavor and crunch.

Make Ahead: Oatmeal can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Reheat on medium, adding a splash of water to thin as desired.

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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
30 min


  • 2 chai tea bags (NOTE: Use any black chai tea or a decaffeinated or herbal version. Avoid sweetened varieties.)
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 bananas, divided (NOTE: Cut 1 into cubes and slice 1 for serving.)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cherries


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 3¼ cups water to a boil. Add tea bags, cover and turn off heat. Steep for 10 minutes; discard tea bags. Stir in oats, cubed banana and salt. Return to a rolling boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in milk and simmer for 15 minutes, until oats are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a small skillet on medium-high. Add shredded coconut and swirl it around for about 20 seconds, until golden. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Divide oatmeal among bowls. Top each serving with banana slices, cherries and toasted coconut.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 heaping c oatmeal plus toppings
  • Calories 261
  • Carbohydrate Content 35 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 5 g
  • Protein Content 5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 7 g
  • Sodium Content 133 mg
  • Sugar Content 11 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g